What does the word encompass mean?

Usage examples for encompass

  1. One of the most interestin' things in the hull buildin' wuz the exhibit of the Beneficent Societies formed by wimmen all over the world- what they have done in war, pestilence, and famine, what they have done in wrestlin' with that deadly serpent, whose folds encompass the earth- the foulest serpent of Intemperance. – Samantha at the World's Fair by Marietta Holley